Oakland County Jail advises of hepatitis A case

Associated Press

Pontiac — Authorities are taking steps to limit hepatitis A exposure at the Oakland County Jail after an inmate was confirmed to be infected.

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The Oakland County Health Division and the sheriff’s office announced Friday that they’re advising those detained at the jail in Pontiac between May 8 and May 23 to contact the Health Division to determine potential exposure. A male inmate was confirmed to have hepatitis A.

Areas where the inmate was housed have been sanitized. Symptoms include jaundice, fever, fatigue and loss of appetite. Hepatitis A can cause liver failure.

In March, state health officials reported an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in Detroit and its suburbs, including Oakland County.